ERIC Number: EJ1017069
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Elementary Educators' Perceptions of Design, Engineering, and Technology: An Analysis by Ethnicity
Mendoza Diaz, Noemi V.; Cox, Monica F.; Adams, Stephanie G.
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v14 n3 p13-21 Jul-Sep 2013
This mixed-methods pilot study extends researchers' understandings about elementary teachers' (K-6) perceptions of design, engineering and technology. In the first phase of the study, a reliable and valid survey was given to thirty-five participants in a teacher professional development academy sponsored by the Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning at Purdue University. Quantitative results suggest that minority teachers are more enthusiastic, more interested and more motivated to pursue design, engineering and technology opportunities and to teach these concepts to their students than majority teachers. In phase two, qualitative inquiry, via narrative analysis and open coding, was used to expound upon the responses from one majority and two minority academy participants. Teachers identified university and industry's disinterest in connecting to local student populations, poverty in the community, missing family units, opportunities to obtain a well-rounded education, and disadvantages within minority populations as factors that impact students' eventual success in design, engineering and technology.
Descriptors: Ethnicity, Elementary School Teachers, Mixed Methods Research, Pilot Projects, Teacher Attitudes, Engineering Education, Racial Differences, Program Attitudes, Information Technology, Teacher Surveys, Stereotypes, Interviews, Teacher Motivation, Educational Attitudes, Faculty Development
Institute for STEM Education and Research. P.O. Box 4001, Auburn, AL 36831. Tel: 334-844-3360; Web site: http://www.jstem.org
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
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